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Newark, NJ ( - The 15th-ranked St. Johns Red Storm and the Seton Hall Pirates begin Big East play on Wednesday evening, as the two teams square off at the Prudential Center. St. Johns continued its best start to a season since the 1985-86 campaign with an 82-57 rout of Tulane on Sunday. The victory was the seventh straight for Steve Lavins Red Storm and their 11th in the first 12 games of the season. The win streak marks the teams longest since the 1999-2000 season. Kevin Willards Pirates are also off to a fast start, as they enter league play with a 10-2 record. Seton Hall has won three of its last four games, and also comes in off a lopsided win, making light work of Maine on Saturday, 72-43. These two teams are meeting for the 92nd time in the series history. They have met every season since 1963-64. St. Johns holds a 57-34 advantage all-time. The Red Storm rolled over the Green Wave at the Barclays Center on Sunday, thanks in large part to SirDominic Pointers big outing. The senior swingman erupted for a career-high 24 points, on 9-of-13 shooting. Senior guard DAngelo Harrison was instrumental in the win as well, pouring in 21 points for St. Johns, which shot .508 from the field overall. St. Johns definitely has some offensive depth, but it is the teams defensive effort that has really fueled the strong start. The Red Storm are limiting foes to a mere 58.2 ppg this year, holding them well under 40 percent shooting (.364). It certainly helps to have a player like center Chris Obekpa (7.4 ppg, 8.8 rpg) in the middle. The junior big man is the DI active leader in career blocks (3.53 per game). Offensively, four players are averaging double figures providing more than enough scoring depth. Harrison is one of the top scoring threats in the Big East, averaging 19.0 ppg. Rysheed Jordan is next in the scoring column for St. Johns at 14.3 ppg, while Pointer (11.5 ppg) and Phil Greene IV (11.2 ppg) make sizable contributions as well. Seton Hall has followed a similar blueprint to its season. Defense has been a strength, as foes are netting just 60.2 ppg on a meager .386 shooting against the Pirates. At the other end of the floor, the team is led by the scoring of Sterling Gibbs. Seton Halls top sniper, Gibbs is shooting over 50 percent from behind the arc (27-of-53), en route to 15.6 ppg. Isaiah Whitehead isnt quite as efficient from the floor (.393), but he does averaging nearly 12 points per outing (11.9). Brandon Mobley (9.9 ppg) and Angel Delgado (8.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg) provide depth. Four Pirates finished in double figures, as Seton Halls balanced attack was simply too much for Maine to contend with. Gibbs paced the team with 18 points. Fellow guard Jaren Sina added 13 points, followed by Khadeen Carrington and Delgado, who finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Seton Hall turned up the heat defensively in the win, forcing Maine into 20 turnovers and holding the Black Bears to a mere .304 shooting effort. 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The 34-year old was magnificent in 2013, throwing for just under 2,900 yards despite missing eight games, tossing an impressive 21 touchdowns against just two interceptions, completing 66 per cent of his passes in the process.LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Florida had the same plan when it was trailing and when it pulled ahead. The third-ranked Gators just wanted to maintain their composure. That steady approach turned into a big win at one of college basketballs most hostile venues. Scottie Wilbekin scored 23 points, including five critical free throws down the stretch, and Florida rallied for a tense 69-59 victory over No. 14 Kentucky on Saturday night in a matchup of the Southeastern Conferences top teams. "It was just one of those games where you have to kind of stay the course," Gators coach Billy Donovan said. Casey Prather had 24 points on 8-of-9 shooting as Florida tied a school record with its 17th straight win. Trailing 45-38 with 11:12 remaining, the veteran Gators (23-2, 12-0) turned to their best players down the stretch of their first victory at Rupp Arena since 2007. Wilbekin went 11 of 12 at the line, including two free throws after Kentucky coach John Calipari was whistled for a technical with 8:14 left. "I feel like Im always confident," said Wilbekin, who was 5 of 10 from the field. "When the balls in my hands, I feel like I have to make a play. I try to get to the basket or get the best shot for our team." Patric Young added 10 points, including two three-point plays during a 13-3 spurt that put the Gators ahead for good. Florida shot 60 per cent in the second half and 44 per cent (22 of 50) overall while controlling every major statistic except rebounding. Calipari said he didnt know what he said to draw a technical foul, but suggested Wilbekins free throws "could have" swung the game. "I dont know what he heard me say with my back to him, so you have to ask him," Calipari said. Andrew Harrison scored 20 points for Kentucky (19-6, 9-3), which had won 22 consecutive home games. Prathers three-point play with 38 seeconds remaining helped complete Floridas rare road sweep of Kentucky and Tennessee in the same week.dddddddddddd Kentucky outrebounded Florida 31-28 but couldnt grab an errant shot at the biggest moments, especially on the offensive end. The Gators took advantage for a 12-8 edge in second-chance points and basically controlled the paint, outscoring the Wildcats 34-22. James Young added 19 points for the Wildcats, who shot 48 per cent but didnt score in the final 1:55. Julius Randle had 13 points and 13 rebounds. Florida will host Kentucky in the rematch on March 8, but the victory puts the Gators in firm control of the conference race. It also strengthened their resume for a possible No. 1 seed in next months NCAA tournament. Floridas experience and poise -- especially before a loud, partisan crowd and a prime-time audience -- proved to be the difference against Kentuckys youth, especially in pressure moments throughout the second half. The Gators improved to 3-2 against ranked teams. "We were just trying to stay in the moment," Patric Young said. "We knew that they were going to throw punches and we were going to do the same thing. There was a lot of time left in the game. Our main focus was to stay with our principles and stay together." The first half certainly lived up to the hype with seven ties, six lead changes. Kentucky held the largest edge at just seven points, which Florida whittled to 31-28 at the break. Randle had 10 points at halftime. The game remained close until Patric Young began the pivotal run with the first of two big three-point plays at the 10:41 mark. Wilbekin helped with floor leadership in which he forced the action and drew fouls or found open teammates. Once ahead, the Gators limited the Wildcats opportunities, particularly in the final minutes when Kentucky was forced to take long shots. ' ' '

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